Debate Quotes

It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle a question without debating it.

Joseph Joubert

Wise men argue cases, fools decide them.


Fear not those who argue but those who dodge.

Dale Carnegie

Deliberation and debate is the way you stir the soul of our democracy.

Jesse Jackson

"The only way to get the best of an argument is to avoid it."

Dale Carnegie

Debate is healthy and no one in this chamber - starting with me - has a monopoly on being right.

Ted Kulongoski

He who frames the question wins the debate.

Randall Terry

In the midst of fighting there is no place for public debate.

Yitzhak Rabin

Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate and doubt, to offer a solution everybody can understand.

Colin Powell

Information, usually seen as the precondition of debate, is better understood as its by-product.

Lasch, Christopher

A philosopher who is not taking part in discussions is like a boxer who never goes into the ring.

Wittgenstein, Ludwig

I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it


The world is a dangerous place. Not because of the people who are evil; but because of the people who don't do anything about it.

Albert Einstein

Don't take the wrong side of an argument just because your opponent has taken the right side.

Baltasar Gracian

Man has been accustomed, ever since he was a boy, to having a dozen incompatible philosophies dancing about together inside his head. He doesn't think of doctrines as primarily"true" or "false," but as "academic" or "practical," "outworn" or "contemporary," "conventional" or "ruthless." Jargon, not argument, is your best ally in keeping him from the Church. Don't waste time trying to make him think that materialism is true! Make him think it is strong or stark or courageous—that it is the philosophy of the future. That's the sort of thing he cares about."

C.S. Lewis
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